5 Easy Ways to Get Involved
Meals from the Heartland offers many ways right here at home in Iowa to become actively involved in fighting hunger around the world. Each year thousands of people are involved in our large Annual Hunger Fight, Spring Break Hunger Fight, support us with financial donations or organize their own hunger fight events. Last year alone over 33,000 individual volunteers participated in our hunger fighting events held throughout the year.
If you want to be a world changer and help food-insecure families have meals on their tables, here are five ways you can do so:
Volunteer at the Spring Break Hunger Fight or at the Annual Hunger Fight
Last year at the 2013 Spring Break Hunger Fight, with your help, we packaged 895,000 meals and fed thousands of families locally and around the world. This year we are raising the bar with the goal of packaging 1 million meals during this event. Included in this total goal are 100,000 macaroni and cheese meals for distribution in the United States.
The 2014 Spring Break event will be held March 18th through March 20th in the Elwell Family Food Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Click here for online registration.
Meals from the Heartland holds its signature event, the Annual Hunger Fight, each year in late August. The dates for our seventh Annual Hunger Fight are Wednesday August 27 through Saturday August 30, 2014. The Annual Hunger Fight has grown to be the largest volunteer meal packaging event of its type in the United States, as well as the world. At 2013’s event 15,000 volunteers packaged 5,171,000 meals. Over 5 million meals! That is an incredible number. These meals were shipped to some of the poorest countries around the world.
- Make a financial donation to support our meal packaging efforts
Every dollar matters, whether it is $1, $100, $1,000 or more. For just one dollar, you can pay for five rice-soy meals or four macaroni and cheese meals! Please donate online at www.mealsfromtheheartland.org or mail your donation to:
Meals from the Heartland
11160 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
- Take it to the next level and become more actively engaged in our hunger fights by becoming a year round floor support or event greeter volunteer
We conduct hunger fights, large and small, mobile and packaging center, year round. With the move to our new packaging center, The Patty Cownie Center, home of Meals from the Heartland, 357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines, we will be greatly expanding the number of hunger fights we conduct each year. We will need to increase our team of devoted floor support and event greeter volunteers. These individuals help set up events, welcome packagers, supervise the packaging process, manage the refills of the main ingredients and help with the cleanup when the event is over.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email us at email@example.com or call us at (515) 473-9530. We would love to have you join our talented and devoted group of volunteers.
- Plan your own hunger fight
During 2013 we held 85 separate hunger fighting events all over Central Iowa from Humboldt to Oskaloosa to Audubon. In order to reach our 2014 meal packaging goal of 10 million meals we need your help. We want to come to your community, school and church to package meals. If you are interested in learning more on how to organize your own hunger fight event, we would love to talk to you.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (515) 473-9530 to discuss how you would like your community, school or church partner with Meals from the Heartland to fight hunger.
- Get your church or school youth group involved
Meals from the Heartland believes strongly in its mission to encourage volunteer service for everyone. We believe it is vital to encourage volunteer service at an early age in our young people. In order to accomplish this, we have established a special Youth Grant program.
Under this program, Meals from the Heartland has funding available for youth oriented hunger fights. Church youth groups are able to package the first 5,000 meals in our new packaging center at no cost. These events can be conducted on Wednesday nights, Saturday morning or at other times subject to availability.
Matching funds of up to 50%, subject to certain maximums, are available for youth events conducted with elementary and high schools, Boys and Girl Scouts, YMCAs, 4-H and other youth organizations.
Please contact us at email@example.com or call us at (515) 473-9530 to discuss how you Meals from the Heartland can partner with your youth organization using one of these programs to dramatically reduce the cost for a youth event.